Pink bollworm outbreak cripples cotton farmers in Maharashtra

Last Modified: Mon Mar 26 2018 22:05:50 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2nd
    Maharashtra's rank among top cotton producing states in India, behind Gujarat.
  • 42 lakh hectares
    Area of land under cotton cultivation in Maharashtra, the most for any state.
  • 84%
    Percentage of cultivation area affected by the pink bollworm even though the farmers used BT cotton that claimed immunity from this insect.
  • 41 lakh
    Number of farmers that have been affected by the pest attack, with the maximum impact felt in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions where cotton is cultivated as the main cash crop in 14 districts.
  • 32 lakh hectares
    Area of land impacted.
  • 14.16 lakh
    Number of farmers in Vidarbha who have suffered losses. 14.91 lakh hectares of land impacted.
  • Rs. 1,070 crore
    assistance required to compensate losses incurred by farmers in Vidarbha under the National Disaster Fund.
  • 26.90 lakh
    Number of farmers in Marathwada who have suffered losses. 17.25 lakh hectares of land impacted.
  • Rs. 1,221 crore
    assistance required to compensate losses incurred by farmers in Marathwada under the National Disaster Fund.
  • Rs. 10,000 crore
    Losses incurred by farmers due to lost crop according to Kishore Tiwari, chairman of the state-appointment Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlambam Mission and a veteran farmers activist.
  • Rs. 30,800
    Compensation per hectare promised by the Maharashtra government, in the winter session of the state legislature. The compensation includes Rs. 16,000 per hectare from seed companies; Rs. 8,000 per hectare from insurance companies; and Rs. 6,800 per hectare from the National Disaster Fund (NDF).